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was appropriate. >> schieffer: abigail thernstrom, president bush appointed you to the u.s. civil rights commission. you said that all of this thing about the black panthers was small potatoes. why did you say that? >> in the first place, you had two unappealing black guys-- unappealing because, you know, the new black panther party is unappealing. it's a racist party and so forth. they showed up at one largely black precinct in philadelphia. and they stand around and won is slapping a billy club against his wrist. one, there is... we have no direct evidence that they actually intimidated anybody, stopped them from voting. two, we certainly have no direct evidence that anybody in the justice department said, "we're not going to prosecute this case because we have racial double standards. we protect blacks, we don't protect whites." my view-- if anyone bothered to read my rather lengthy dissent on this issue-- was that there are more important voting rights issues to talk about. >> schieffer: in fact, sources... i mean, officials in both the white house and the justice department d
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